Inktober 2017 wrap…hello November

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” –John Steinbeck

 

I am familiar with the art rabbits, get them all the time when staring at a blank piece of watercolor paper.  But I see that my resident dust bunnies have expanded the tribe a bit to now include plot bunnies.  This can only mean one thing, November has arrived and Nanowrimo is on.

But before I can get started on chasing 50,000 words to write while avoiding roving bands of plot bunnies, am taking a moment to say “thank you Mr. Parker for a fun adventure with Inktober“, and to post the final ink drawings.  This was my first time drawing and posting every day on Instagram, which was a challenge in itself, but in the end I did walk away from the experience with a few personal lessons and insights into my own art.  Aside from the gratification of completing what seemed like a daunting challenge, there was the daily inspiration gained from seeing so many wonderful artists who express themselves and their visions so eloquently with ink.  It was certainly a learning experience and I look forward to continuing the exploration and adventure with ink but without the daily postings…lol.

Wishing everyone a creative November!

Inktober 2017- weeks two and three

Weeks two and three of Inktober and the fun continues.  There is a stronger sense of challenge now, not so much in finding the time to draw, but more along the lines of thinking up ways to express the ideas and concepts from Mr. Jake Parker’s prompt list @Inktober.  Words like “screech” or “filthy”, not subjects I would normally think of drawing, had me putting on my thinking cap, as well as wondering why do I get myself into these types of month long challenges, (of course I say that laughingly as I start to plan for November’s month long challenge of Nanowrimo…but that is another story), … lol.   Originally I had expected to bounce back and forth between all the fun lists and prompts other people had posted, but settled instead on sticking to one list and the challenge that alone would pose, as well as the challenge of posting everyday on Instagram…so many challenges rolled up into one little thing…lol.

Anyway, these were my offerings to Inktober during weeks two and three, I hope you enjoy them as much as I had fun making them.

Hello Inktober…October!

Here in the islands summer is not yet giving in to a change of season except for the occasional breeze that brushes past and whispers of cooler nights to come.

When the humidity gets too high, the drying time with my watercolors becomes a sort of guessing game, giving me a good excuse to play with pen and ink instead, and just in time to join in the fun with Inktober started by Mr. Jake Parker (@inktober and @jakeparker).  The idea is to do an ink drawing a day for the 31 days of October, and posting them to Instagram with #inktober and #inktober2017.  There is also an official Inktober prompt list for anyone wanting drawing ideas.

If ever there was a fun way to get back into using the sketchbook on a daily basis this is it.  All one needs is ink and something to draw on.  And with so many other prompts and challenges floating around on Instagram for instance, (including Charlie’s World Watercolor Group’s prompt ideas),  it can feel like being a kid in a candy store of creative inspiration and fun.

To start off October I pulled ideas from a couple challenges and prompt lists and just let imagination wander.  The first one was done in my bullet journal, (part planner, holder of ideas, and playground for doodles).

01 October 2017 Bullet Journal

The second was in a new and inexpensive sketchbook with the hope to get at least the first few pages inked so the rest of the scary blank white pages are not so scary anymore.

01 October 2017 Inktober

 

Happy Inktober everyone!

Before October Disappears

The days slip by so easily and so quickly. Before October disappears like the mist I had wanted to get at least one inky post in for “Inktober“.

passing-dreams

Watching Dreams Pass By

Mist and moon shadow

Ferry hopes and starlit dreams

Trees dance in the night

-HKMB